Gadabout Parts

July 13, 2012

     Gadabout       made in Italy by Moto BM        Minarelli V1 engine

Bonvicini Marino

Bonvicini Marino

The word “gadabout” means wanderer. The Phillips Gadabout was a popular 1950’s – 1960’s English moped. That kind of Gadabout moped is not included here. One of the earliest Gadabout moped sold in America was the 1978 Gadabout MK IV by the Holiday Rambler Corporation, made in Bologna, Italy by Moto BM (Bonvicini Marino). It was originally sold on the back of Holiday Rambler RVs to be ridden around campsites. At some point later, the Robcor Corporation in Plymouth, Virginia USA sold Gadabouts, both two and three wheelers, in the late 1970’s. Almost all of them have no stickers left, because they cracked and fell off. That was the only thing that Gadabout owners were not glad about.

This is not included here. The parts are all different.

This is not covered here.

1979 Gadabout flyer

1979 Gadabout flyer

1979 Gadabout features

1979 Gadabout features

Gadabout stickers did not last

Stickers did not last long

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978 Gadabout Minarelli V1 engine

1978 Gadabout
Minarelli V1 engine

1980's Gadabout Minarelli V1 engine

1980’s Gadabout
Minarelli V1 engine

1980 Gadabout Minarelli V1 engine

1980 Gadabout
Minarelli V1 engine

Gadabout frame

1978 Gadabout frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1981 Gadabout trike Minarelli V1 engine

1981 Gadabout trike
Minarelli V1 engine

1979 Gadabout trike

1979 Gadabout trike

Moto BM was started by Mario Bonvincini in 1950. BM first made bikes with Ilo 125 -175cc engines, then later with Morini and Minarelli engines 50-125cc.

You can see the 1978-79 frame is different than the 1980-81, in the area behind and below the seat. The above green and silver 1980 Gadabout is the same bike and same paint colors as a 1979 Pryer Gadabout, so it might a Pryer with the decals removed.

 

Gadabout components: Minarelli V1 engine 20(1.0hp), 25(1.5hp), 30mph(2.0hp) versions, Dellorto SHA 14/12 (or 14/9) carburetor, CEV lights and switches, Domino controls and levers, Grimeca hubs and brakes, CEV 6932 magneto, CEV speedometer with LH driver, and CEV reflectors.